Pineapple cake with chocolate sauce. Photograph: Harry Weir Photography

Light sponge with creamy pineapple filling and covered in chocolate sauce

Photograph: Harry Weir

Make life easier by keeping a packet of prerolled puff in the freezer

Fig sabayon by Vanessa Greenwood. Photograph: Harry Weir.

Fresh ripe figs are a real treat in Ireland and this sauce does not overwhelm their flavour

Vegan apricot chocolate squares

Even the most unpromising apricot softens to sweet richness when it is cooked

Photograph: Harry Weir

This tray bake has a true blueberry flavour and that unmistakable splash of vibrant blue

Grilled pineapple fondu with lime and coconut ice-cream. Photograph: Harry Weir Photography

Is there is a better way of finishing a summer barbecue than with a chocolate fondue?

Lemon curd meringue roulade. ‘With lemon curd oozing from the ends and extra summer berries and cream on the side, it will be hard to resist.’ Photograph: Harry Weir

‘Even people who are not fans of meringue are won over’

Deconstructed summer berry cheesecake makes for a perfect summer dessert.  Photograph: Harry Weir Photography

This cheesecake can be as rustic or as elegant as you like

Summer fruits like whitecurrants and loganberries are a scarcity most of the year

I often top half the batch of biscuits with chocolate as I can’t resist the combination of chocolate and almonds.

They can flavoured or topped with what you have to hand: try your favourite jam or fruit jelly, chocolate or flaked almonds

This moist cake has slices of whole orange baked into the top

Serve with vanilla ice-cream, marcarpone or softly-whipped cream

This can be made all year round but nothing says summer quite like baked nectarines

Baked nectarines filled with blackberries, then topped with an amaretti and hazelnut crumble

This dessert of baked nectarines with amaretti biscuit crumble can be made all year round

Oaty flapjacks with gooey caramel and topped with a thick crunchy layer of chocolate scream indulgence

Delicious: strawberry shortbread with Chantilly cream. Photograph: Harry Weir

This recipe elevates the humble shortbread biscuit and makes a very impressive dessert

It is the recipe every French chef knows by heart. In France, it is simply called flan

Unlike other cakes, a custard tart seems to over deliver. The whole is greater than the sum of its parts

Flourless almond traybake. Photograph: Harry Weir

You can use all manner of different fruits in this tasty gluten-free cake

Flourless almond traybake. Photograph: Harry Weir

Rhubarb makes this tasty gluten-free cake very Irish but you can use all manner of different fruits

Blondies are  quick, simple and foolproof

These heavenly squares of deliciousness might have been created with lockdown baking in mind

Carrot cake with lemon cream-cheese icing. Photograph: Harry Weir

If you fall into the ‘dense, moist and rich’ school of thought, this is the recipe for you

Raspberry and coconut yoghurt cake

The ingredients are listed in metric and a more child-friendly measure: yoghurt cartons

To serve, pipe cream on to each muffin and add a slice of just-cut banana.

The baked muffins are drizzled with indulgent caramel sauce

Banoffee muffins with caramel sauce

These buns make a lovely dessert that you don’t need a two-hour siesta to digest

Fruit tartlets
Fruit tartlets

Fruit tarlets.

Give yourself plenty of time to make these little tarts, they're worth it

Chocolate peppermint cookies. Photograph: iStock

Peppermint is so punchy it holds its own against chocolate, which can bully lesser flavours

The coffee essence in the cake and the buttercream brings a light coffee flavour that isn’t too dark or bitter, so it works for the whole family

This all-in-one recipe is straightforward but heavenly

Coffee traybake
Coffee traybake

Lemon tart

This versatile, easy-to-make dessert is a lovely treat for Mother’s Day (or any day)

Lemon tart
Lemon tart

Irish whiskey cake, from a family recipe

Patience is needed to boil the fruit – and not nibble at the plump whiskey-soaked ingredients

Classic dessert with a zesty aromatic twist

Crème brûlée with orange and cardamom

Zesty dessert with a rich deep flavour

Rhubarb and ginger cheesecake. Photograph: Harry Weir Photography

Forced rhubarb, with its shocking pink hue, is such a treat at this grey time of year

Rhubarb and ginger cheesecake

Dessert’s richness comes from ricotta and mascarpone, stem ginger gives it zing

Apple and pecan muffins: a hearty treat for the winter months. Photograph: Harry Weir Photography

Washed down with good coffee, these muffins give you sustenance to brave the inclement weather

Honey and mascarpone sponge roll

Honey is the star of this cake, adding drama and chemistry to the line-up

Serve this tasty offering at family gatherings or as a special after-dinner treat

Meringues with poached pears and warm chocolate sauce. Photograph: Harry Weir

Most of this dessert can be done in advance, then brought together at the last minute

Chocolate and walnut brownies: gooey goodness in every bite. Photograph: Harry Weir

Intense, fudgy and moreish, brownies should be like eating a chocolate bar in cake form

In the unlikely event there is any pudding left over, it can be served cold. Photograph: Harry Weir Photography

This pudding is wonderful made with lemons, but might be even better with Seville oranges

A bakewell tart can be prepared one or two days ahead of time, and slices beautifully.

It's quick to make, you can even use use shop-bought pastry for a comforting dessert at this time of year

Bakewell tart.
Bakewell tart

Mango sundaes: the honeyed pecans and Greek yoghurt bring the creaminess and crunch which is essential for a good sundae

The tropical fruits are bright and colourful and taste like sunshine in a bowl

Chelsea buns: these are best eaten on the day they are baked, though they freeze well without the icing. Photograph: Harry Weir Photography

These buns do take hours to make but only require a few minutes of actual hands-on time

Chelsea buns
Chelsea buns

Black Forest gateau

This Germanic indulgence could make an easy and contemporary Christmas cake

Black Forest gateau
Black Forest gateau

Vegan mince pies: a real Christmas treat. Photography: Harry Weir Photography

Omitting the butter gives the filo pastry a wonderful crunch without a greasy finish

Vegan mince pies

Spoil your guests with these gorgeous canapes that are surprisingly straightforward to make. Photographs: Harry Weir Photography

Impress your guests with these simple but stylish canapes

Gingerbread can be cut into every shape imaginable and decorated as delicately or as gaudily as you like

Now is the right time to make gingerbread that will last right up until Christmas Day

In defence of the soufflé, they look so impressive that I think they’re worth that little extra effort

Few desserts look more impressive than a perfectly risen soufflé

Delicious: bread and butter pudding with bitter orange marmalade

This irresistible treat is easy to make and a great way to use up stale bread

Chocolate mocha squares

These tray-bake oaty biscuits have all the flavours of a morning coffee break

Dial up the taste  by folding chopped pieces of preserved stem ginger into the mixture.

Delicious fruit and spice treat to ward off cold of November

Delicious: chocolate ganache tart

An easy-to-make sweet treat that looks and tastes great

Halloween cupcakes

These grab-and-go little desserts could not be simpler to make

Spooktacular: Halloween cupcakes

These grab-and-go little desserts for all ages could not be simpler to make

These classic peanut butter biscuits are quick and easy

These cookies would also work with other nut butters so try experimenting with your favourite

What could be better than freshly baked cookies dunked in a cold glass of milk after a boisterous school day?

Kids will enjoy rolling the cookie dough into balls and imprinting the tops with a fork

Orange blossom tea cake with ice-cream. Photograph: Harry Weir Photography

Tea cakes doused in syrup look beautiful and are perfect for entertaining

Super rich, but super good: classic treacle tart. Photograph: Harry Weir

A mere sliver can be wonderful served as part of a trio of desserts

Classic treacle tart. Photograph: Harry Weir

Super rich but super good

Salted caramel eclairs. Photograph: Harry Weir Photography

The beauty of a home-made eclair is eating the choux pastry while it is still crisp

Brown bread ice-cream.

Put your stale homemade bread to great use with this brown bread ice-cream

Brown bread ice-cream.
Brown bread ice-cream

Old-fashioned fairy cakes. Photograph: Harry Weir

These treats might conjure extra luck for both Dublin and Kerry as generations gather to watch the replay

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